of King Alfonso XII
Nigel Gooding Collection
1880 - 1889
In 1880, a new design appeared upon a new series
of stamps, both the head and the frame being different from the preceding
issue. They were engraved by Eugenio Julia Jover,
whose name 'Julia' appears on the bottom of the bust. The stamps were typographed by the Fabrica
Nacional de Moneda y Timbre in Madrid, Spain.
Printed in sheets of 100 stamps with each sheet bearing a serial number in
the upper right hand corner and a legend describing the purpose for which
each of the stamps were issued appearing in the centre of the top selvedge.
The same plate was also used for the contemporary issues of Cuba, Fernando
Poo and Puerto Rico. It was retouched three times over its nine years of use.